Final Cut X on non-apple video card

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Rokeneer, May 12, 2012.

  1. Rokeneer macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2011
    Will the new final cut x work on a card not specifically made for apple? I'm thinking of something like a nvidia GTX 560 2gb, GTX 670 2gb, or a radeon 6970, or 6990. As far as the types, nvidia or radeon? I'm leaning towards nvidia because of the reputability of EVGA, but am open to suggestions. (if I go radeon, it would probably be XFX or Saphire). How comparable is the 6990 to a GTX 670? Is it worth the extra 400?

    Also, if anyone has suggestions on the graphics cards, let me know. I'm looking for something less than 300, but probably could go to 400(like the 670).
  2. ekwipt macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2008
    For a MAcPro it's hard to go past either the Apple branded 5870 or MacVideoCards Nvidia 570.

    I'd personally go with the second option but by the looks of it you'll have to run some key text updaters etc when a new version of OSX comes out
  3. initialsBB macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2010
    The 6990 is dual GPU so it probably will never work in a Mac, and it needs 2x8 pin power connectors so you would have to have an external power supply. The 670 looks amazing and only needs 2x6 pin power so it's suited to the Mac Pro but for the moment GTX 6xx cards are not working in any version of OS X, even with hacks.

    You could get a GTX 560/570 but the you would have to make sure that Open CL is enabled properly. If you read the following thread you would have found all you need :

    The Apple 5870 is still a very capable card; it needs no hacks and is OS X update proof, unlike any of the hacked cards.
  4. MacVidCards Suspended

    Nov 17, 2008
    Hollywood, CA
    Current OpenCl fix I just posted in driver thread. Works for 10.7.4 with Nvidia drivers on top.
  5. Rokeneer thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2011
    Thanks. That should mean then, that with the proper hacks (what are they?), this video card would run FCPX on my 2006 Mac Pro. (I get the fact that it will run slightly slower due to it having pci-e 1.1 and not 2, but i might upgrade to a newer mac pro soon and don't want to have to buy a new card if i do).

    Am I correct in my assumptions?

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